Best known for his portrayal as Agron in the STARZ drama “Spartacus,” Daniel Feuerriegel has reportedly been cast as the new EJ DiMera on NBC’s “Days of our Lives.”
According to Daytime Confidential, which for now is reporting Feuerriegel’s casting as a rumor, the Australian actor will make his debut in Salem later this summer.
As reported last week, DAYS” star Thaao Penghlis (Tony DiMera) let it slip that the show had mapped out the return of the character via a recast. At the time, however, it was unknown whether the show had already cast the actor for the role last played by James Scott.
While EJ was shot by Clyde Weston’s (James Read) henchman during an argument in the park in 2014, and Sami Brady (Alison Sweeney) grieved his passing, it’s been revealed in recent years that EJ is very much alive. In 2018, Kristen (Stacy Haiduk) revealed to Sami that her brother survived the gunshot and had been kept alive by Stefano. Sami and EJ were reportedly reunited offscreen in Italy. Now that Sami has returned to Salem, it was only a matter of time before EJ came back, too.
In “Spartacus” and its three iterations (“Blood and Sand,” “Vengeance” and “War of the Damned), Feuerriegel’s role as Spartacus’ chief lieutenant Agron was noteworthy for the show’s portrayal of a same-sex relationship wherein the character was involved with Nasir (Pana Hema Taylor), a fellow warrior and battle instructor. Their pairing was one of the most popular storylines told on the beloved drama series.
In addition to “Spartacus,” Feuerriegel most recently appeared in “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Chicago Fire” and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.D.” He played Lieutenant Allan Gronetti in the film “Pacific Rim: Uprising.”